Taxis vs. Trains—What is a Safer Mode of Transportation?

In large metropolitan areas, it is quite common to utilize a taxi or trains for transportation. However, with the development of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, taxis are not as popular as they once were. Nevertheless, if you are planning on riding home from work in a taxi, you may be interested in some of these statistics.

When riding in a taxi, passengers who are not wearing seatbelts are twice as likely to die or suffer a serious injury than those who are wearing them. Even with the use of safety restraints, passengers in taxis are more likely to be injured than passengers in regular cars. Experts believe that the partitions that are present in most taxis account for this differential.

According to Uber, when it comes to crimes occurring in taxi-cabs, the numbers have dropped dramatically since Uber entered the market. The reasoning behind this is that many taxi drivers subscribe to Uber and are therefore driving people around who have registered ahead of time with a valid credit card. Additionally, Uber passengers are not anonymous, and they are rated, as are the drivers. This reduces the number of hold-ups and robberies significantly—as does the cashless payment system.

Taking the Train

Taking the train home after work on a hot summer day may not be as appealing as hopping into an air-conditioned taxi that will drive you right to your door. However, if you are interested in safety, our Chicago car accident lawyers found that trains are statistically much safer than any type of automobile. According to an in-depth transportation safety study conducted by CNN, subway and metro trains have a fatality rate of .24 people per billion miles traveled, while commuter rail and Amtrak trains experience .47 deaths per billion miles traveled.

When it comes to cars and trucks, many more people drive than take the train. Nevertheless, adjusted statistics show that 5.25 deaths occur per billion miles traveled. This number increases for taxis that have a lower overall safety rating than regular passenger cars. So, if safety is your number one concern, opt for the train. Even the bus you take from the train station is safe, citing a mere .14 deaths per billion miles traveled.

Shea Law Group

No matter how you choose to travel from here to there, there is always a chance you will find yourself in the unfortunate position of being involved in an accident. If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury in any type of motor vehicle accident, book your free, no-obligation consultation with the experienced Chicago car accident lawyers at Shea Law Group today. Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 or fill out a contact form online.